Boy name origins & meanings
- French : Gentle
Family name origins & meanings
- Scottish and northern Irish : variant of Bonner.
- Irish (Donegal) : Scottish name adopted as a translation of Gaelic Ó Cnáimhsighe ‘descendant of Cnáimhseach’, a byname meaning ‘midwife’. This word seems to be a derivative of cnámh ‘bone’ (with the feminine ending -seach), but if so the reason for this is not clear.
- Polish : from German Bo(h)ner ‘bean grower’ (see Boner).